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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Johnny* is a Dichondra seed producer in Yolo County. There is a weed called black medic that has seeds that look very much like those of Dichondra, and if the two get mixed together during harvest it can seriously damage the value of a Dichondra seed crop. Black medic was present in Johnny’s field and had the potential to ruin his crop. He didn’t know what to do, so he turned to his local UCCE office for help. After conducting several trials, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor Rachael Long identified an herbicide that would control black medic weed without harming the Dichondra. According to Johnny, UCCE saved not just his own crop, but the entire Dichondra seed industry.
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